Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
That's the essential goal of the writer: you slice out a piece of yourself and slap it down on the desk in front of you.
Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; that ego is paramount over skill; that one can rise to a level from which one can tell the reader to go to hell. These myths, if believed, can ruin you. If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego.
Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.